Coaching Session #010 : Finishing U12-U16

Primary Aims & Objectives

This soccer coaching session gives players lots of shooting practice and chances to score goals.

  • Develop ability to score goals from distance.
  • Encourage players to gamble on rebound opportunities.
  • Identify the position of the goalkeeper and the goals before targeting a shot.

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Technical Practice

Soccer Coaching Finishing Shooting DrillOrganisation

Set-up a large square area with a goal on each edge. Divide the area in to quarters as in the diagram.

Three players in each segment practice a different finishing skill:

1) Attacker takes on defender 1v1 to goal.
2) Attacker runs on to a pass from out wide.
3) Attacker plays a 1-2 then shoots.
4) Attacker runs on to a through ball then shoots.

Each player has three balls/attempts and then rotates roles with the defender and goalkeeper.

Skills Practice

Soccer Coaching Finishing Shooting Drills Small Sided GamesOrganisation

Rearrange the markers to create a square area in the centre of the field.

Two teams play 4v4 in the central area. One team go in goal.

Teams can score in any of the four goals.

If a goalkeeper makes a save their team swaps with the striker’s team… unless an attacker can score the rebound with their first touch.

Play first to five goals or for 5 minutes and then rearrange the teams.

Make It Easier

Make the central area bigger to bring the attackers closer to goal.

Make It Harder

Make the central area smaller to increase the pressure on the ball-carrier and move the goals further away.

Game Practice

Soccer Coaching Finishing Shooting Drills GamesOrganisation

Move the goals to the end-lines and markers to create ~15m deep end-zones.

Play 4v4 in the central area. Only attackers and goalkeepers are allowed in the end- zones.

Teams can score in either of the goals on their opponent’s end-line.

Players can only shoot from inside the central area.

Make It Easier

Allow players to score rebounds (one-touch) inside the end-zones.

Allow players to score headers inside the end-zones.

Allow players to shoot inside the end-zones.

Make It Harder

Allow defenders inside the end-zones.

Play offside inside the end-zones.

Develop Your Environment

Players love shooting and scoring. Set-up your practice to allow many repetitions and your players will stay motivated without much interference from the coach.

If your players are unsuccessful they aren’t ‘unlucky’ and don’t need telling they are. They’ll try just as hard to score next time if you don’t say anything at all.

Develop Your Practice

Make sure each player is succeeding some of the time and struggling some of the time.

You can adjust the distance, target, type of pass, type of finish and starting positions to set individual challenges.

Develop Your Players

Ask players to focus on hitting the target every time. Add power later as confidence and accuracy grows.

Encourage players to follow their shots (and others) towards goal in case the goalkeeper spills the ball or it comes back off the goalposts.

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Technical Outcomes

Develop techniques for striking the ball and finishing.

Develop ability to score goals from distance.

Encourage players to gamble on rebound opportunities.
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Physical Outcomes

Develop agility, balance and co-ordination.

Develop speed, strength and stamina.
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Psychological Outcomes

Anticipate goal-scoring opportunities.

Identify the position of the goalkeeper and the goals before targeting a shot.
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Social
Outcomes

Learn in an enjoyable game environment.

Communicate with teammates to create goals.
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